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5 Places Worth Driving To In Berkeley

Whether you are a Berkeley local, a Piedmont native, or just visiting the Bay Area, there are lots of places to see and visit while driving your car around Berkeley. Below is a list of just 5 places that are considered a “must” for visiting at least once!
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5 Safe Driving Tips for Teens

Statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other official, reputable groups show that teenage drivers get into more accidents than do any other drivers. Whether you’re a newly-minted San Francisco teen driver, who wants to learn best practices, or you’re a parent or educator of teens, here are critical safe driving tips. Read the rest of this entry »

Car Safety for Pets

Keeping pets safe is an easy enough task when you’re at home. But what happens when you take your pets on the road? From road trips across the country to even a short trip to the store, pet auto safety can be a major issue.

If you’re not careful, not only could you cause injury to your pet, but you could also get in trouble with the law. This article boils down the essentials for pet safety to help you ensure the care of your best friend. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Tips for Taking Care of Your Hybrid Vehicle

To make sure your hybrid car keeps running smoothly, here are three maintenance tips. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Prepare For Your Northern California Road Trip: Your Critical 7 Step Maintenance Checklist

Summer is upon us. Whether you and your family are planning to dart up to Yosemite for a weekend gazing up at a massive waterfall, or you’re planning to shoot down to Los Angeles to spend a weekend with your hippy dippy brother on Venice Beach, you want your car to be prepared. The following 6 step auto maintenance checklist can help you minimize potential trouble, so you can maximize the potential fun of your trip.
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Three Gas Saving Tips to Vastly Reduce Your Monthly Gas Expenses

Whether you drive a gas guzzling Hummer or a gas sipping Prius, every time you fill up at a Bay Area pump, your eyes go wide as you realize just how much of your salary gets siphoned into the pockets of the gas and oil companies. Short of trading your car for a skateboard — and who
wants to do that? – what can you do to cut costs without altering your driving habits or needs?

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Defending Your Life Through Smart, Defensive Driving

Defensive DrivingWhen you attended driver’s ed in the Bay Area or elsewhere, you probably learned early on that the best drivers are defensive drivers. We all – or at least most of us – remember this idea. But when some idiot in a speeding Camaro cuts us off on the freeway, our impatience and rage often overcome us, and we may do stupid things that put us at great risk for accidents.

Being a defensive driver means adopting a set of smarter, more cautious driving habits and behaviors. In some ways, it’s easier to define defensive drivers as doing the opposite of aggressive drivers.

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Aggressive drivers do things like:

  • Cause conflict on roads
  • Scare or intimidate other drivers by driving fast or driving while under the influence
  • of alcohol, narcotics, or medications
  • Tailgate
  • Blast music
  • Ignore traffic signs
  • Generally don’t pay sufficient attention to other vehicles and pedestrians
  • Change multiple lanes without signaling
  • Etc.

Defensive driving is the opposite – being conscientious, aware, and in control of your vehicle. Defensive driving involves more than just adopting good habits – it involves paying attention to the strange or dangerous actions of others and meeting these with appropriate responses. For instance, say someone veers into your lane and cuts you off. You may beep at them – not to provoke a fight, but to alert the person of your presence. Being a defensive driver doesn’t mean being a wallflower or milquetoast. It means “advocating for your driving rights” in the safest, most sensible, and most compassionate way.

To really fine tune your skills, consider taking a refresher driver’s ed courses or studying “best driving habits” online or elsewhere. It may sound silly to pay so much attention to your driving. But think about how many miles you spend behind the wheel. Auto accidents kill over 40,000 people every year and injure millions more. So it’s really worth it to spend some time thinking about how to make your driving as safe as possible
– not just for you but for other drivers.

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3 New Car Technologies for 2012 – the Future is Now

Reports of Detroit’s death may have been greatly exaggerated.

Indeed, the automotive industry has been witnessing something of a boom – at least in a certain segments and niches. 2012 promises to be a very exciting year for new automotive technology. This blog post will review some of the counterintuitive and delightful innovations that will create buzz in 2012:

Electronic Car Diagram

1. Better tech/more tech/cheaper tech.

Rear-view cameras, hybrid systems, more fuel efficient engines, and more sophisticated and intuitively usable navigation systems already do exist – and they did exist in 2011. However, 2012 will see these technologies migrate into cheaper automobiles. These technologies will become more user friendly. They will become more ubiquitous. For instance, the 2012 Scion iQ sports rear-view cameras. The 2012 Honda Civic boasts a more fuel efficient engine – approximately 10% more efficient than the 2011 model. The 2012 Hyundai Veloster coupe will have streaming radio (via Pandora), built in video game consoles, GraceNote music management tech, and more.

2. Battle tested safety innovations.

2012 may be all about airbags, airbags, airbags. For instance, the 2012 Scion iQ comes with 10 airbags standard. Perhaps more excitingly, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat will have special anti- intrusion steel beams in the side doors. These beams will provide an extra layer of protection against “T-Bone” style side impact crashes. Very exciting news for safety conscious city drivers.

3. More plentiful, diverse, and richer conversations between owners, manufacturers, and engineers.

As automotive consumers become more savvy – and as tech giants tune into the latent market potential online — expect more flourishing conversations to take place between automotive technology engineers, builders and users. The most surprising innovations of 2012 may emerge from these consilient online conversations.


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